SNAP Boys is a family-focused, early intervention program for boys ages 6 to11 who are engaging in problematic, aggressive, antisocial behaviour and/or have come into contact with authority figures. The program aims to prevent antisocial behaviour and reduce the chance of future conflict with authorities through timely and effective early intervention. Experienced and highly-trained SNAP staff work with parents to assess problems and create and evaluate treatment/action plans.
The program typically consists of five key components:
- SNAP Boys Club – A structured group that meets weekly for 13 weeks and teaches boys self-control, problem-solving and emotion-regulation skills
- A concurrent SNAP Parenting (SNAPP) Group that teaches parents effective child management strategies
- One-on-one family counselling based on the SNAPP Skills Guide
- Individual counselling/mentoring for boys who require extra support
- School advocacy and teacher support to assist boys who are struggling behaviourally and/or not performing at their age-appropriate grade level at school
Other components of the program that may be used, based on assessed level of risk and need, and where appropriate, include academic tutoring, victim restitution, community connections and long-term continued care services. As well, a parent problem-solving group is offered several times each year to support parents who have completed the SNAP Parenting group.
SNAP Boys Youth Leadership Services provide continuing supports for SNAP graduates aged 11 to18. The program helps SNAP youth address and navigate the complex social and emotional challenges they face during adolescence.
Youth are admitted to SNAP Youth Leadership Services through internal referral upon completion of SNAP programs. Youth may decide to become engaged in continuing services, including SNAP Boys Youth Leadership Clubs, individual and family counselling, school support and advocacy, job readiness and external referrals, as needed.
SNAP Girls is a family-focused, gender-specific early intervention program for girls ages 6-11 exhibiting early disruptive behaviour problems at home, school and community. The program components are similar to the SNAP Boys program, but there are important differences based on research and best practices for treating girl aggression. In SNAP Girls, for example, there is greater emphasis on communication and relationship-building.
Experienced and highly trained SNAP staff work with parents to assess problems and create and evaluate treatment or action plans. Typically the program consists of six key components:
- SNAP Girls Club – a structured group that meets weekly for 13 weeks and teaches girls the SNAP technique to achieve emotion-regulation, self-control, realistic thinking and problem-solving skills
- A concurrent SNAP Parenting (SNAPP) Group - teaches parents the SNAP technique in conjunction with effective child management strategies
- Girls Growing up Healthy – typically offered after SNAP groups are completed; this caregiver-daughter group aims to strengthen this essential relationship at the critical pre-teen stage, and to address issues related to physical development and healthy relationships.
- Family counselling based on SNAPP (Stop Now and Plan Parenting)
- Individual counselling/mentoring for girls who require extra support
- School advocacy and teacher support to assist girls who are struggling behaviourally and/or not performing at their age-appropriate grade level at school
As girls reach adolescence, they may decide to become engaged in continuing services including SNAP Girls Youth Leadership Services; individual and family counselling; school support and advocacy; job readiness; and external referrals as needed. As well, a parent problem-solving group is offered several times each year to support parents after completing the SNAP Parenting group.
Camp Wimodausis is a specialized SNAP day camp for children ages 6 to 11 whose social and behaviour problems would otherwise prevent them from attending a summer day camp. Two summer sessions in July and August are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Children may attend one four-week session, with a maximum of 24 children enrolled in each session.
The program is highly-structured to maximize opportunities for success. In small groups of six, with two qualified counsellors, children learn to use SNAP to manage their behaviour, exercise self-control and resolve problems. Children participate in fun and educational activities including arts and crafts, sports, music, swimming, special interest clubs, weekly field trips, nature hikes and theme days.
Camp Wimodausis also offers a Leaders-in-Training (LIT) program for youth who are participating in the SNAP Youth Leadership programs or are past campers.
The camp is held at CDI’s St. Clair Gardens location. It is offered free of charge, although there is a $25 application fee.
For more information about SNAP, please visit www.stopnowandplan.com.